Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
of local papers and the president staying out of florida for the weekend. was that something you thought about? >> each of these guys has a different way to prepare. the president did so in a way that gives him confidence going into this debate and we're looking forward to it. >> thanks, robert gibbs. rachel, back to you. >> i want to go back to chris matthews. i was struck that robert gibbs brought up the issue of not just sending troops abroad, but how we treat them when we come home from war is being a domestic issue related to foreign policy. we saw with the romney campaign's predebate spin memo that they may be planning on bringing up the backlog in claims at the v.a. in terms of dealing with returning vets from iraq and afghanistan. do you see the republicans potentially being on a strong foot there? >> well, no, because although that's a good thing for either party to do, i noticed we all watched the convention acceptance speeches. do you remember when mr. romney, the former governor, never mentioned the troops. never showed interest we were fighting in afghanistan. no human side.
Oct 16, 2012 7:30pm PDT
qaeda north africa, but it's locally based operating perhaps on the basis of that video as well as the anniversary of 9/11. we have yet to get to the bottom of this and the president is being honest and fair about that. >> i think the president had a stellar performance tonight because he strengthened his position with women and also on immigration. he had far more facts than mitt romney could ever put out on immigration. in fact on a number of occasions he misstated the case where the president has been on immigration. these are two areas that the president had to shore up tonight. now, as far as the tax issues are concerned, the president laid it on the line. it is about arimath. we can't get into this conversation about math. >> he sort of distilled it. >> he brought it down. and the dagger came out. the dagger of truth. mitt romney this is who you are behind closed doors and the president hit him with the 47% comment at just the right tone, just the right way. >> steve schmidt, how do you think the president and mr. romney did? >> one of the things i think is clear if the pr
Oct 16, 2012 11:30pm PDT
limit just their state and local taxes are above $25,000? i like that. argument is governor romney wants to lower the marginal rate. the governor's tax proposals to lower the top rate to 28%. president obama's own by partisan commission recommended moving it. they raised over trillion dollars. >> specify. they covered up every loophole. every single deduction including charitable. the first proposal was eliminating every deduction. why do you bring this up? >> governor romney said 28%. that allows you to restore the deductions that they would have removed. >> were you surprised how strong he was. >> no. i'm not surprised he went on the attack. he can't defend the record. but i'm very pleased. but he did an excellent job of laying out a division of the country. the majority of americans know that's what we need. >> governor, thank you for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >> lawrence o'donnell, thank you very much from new york. one of the sort of intangibles. but it's at least off point from the debate but everybody watches anyway is how the two sides spin. you knew the mitt romney side